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Fees waived for home renovators


At the Georges River Council meeting on Monday 26 October, the councillors unanimously endorsed the waiving of fees for development applications for alterations and additions to dwelling houses, commencing 1 January 2021.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said the waiver will be in place for a six-month period in order to provide support to the community in the construction and building market in response to COVID-19.

“This will encourage commencement of home renovations and make it easier for applicants. More importantly, it will lead to more work for tradespeople who rely on smaller jobs to help get them through this period,” added Mayor Greene.

Councillor Con Hindi spoke to the motion, saying that this waiver in fees will help a little bit so that families don’t have to worry about the council fees.

“This will make it easier and cheaper for families to get alterations and additions done. We’re talking about $50,000 to $60,000 jobs – an extra room on the back for the kids or adding an extra room for an office to work from home,” said Cr Hindi.

“People didn’t need this so much before the pandemic – they need home offices, they need spaces to be able to work in quiet.

“It will help those smaller tradies who rely on this type of work,” added Cr Hindi.

Those wishing to lodge applications with Council are strongly encouraged to contact Council’s Development Advisory Service – details can be found at
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